Dec 1, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Nemanja Nedovic (8) drives in against Sacramento Kings power forward Patrick Patterson (9) during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Head North, Face Kings In First Game Back: Game Preview


Coming off a week-long break thanks to the All-Star festivities in New Orleans over the weekend, the Golden State Warriors could sure use a home game in their first game back.

They won’t be playing at home, but it’s the next best thing: playing in Sacramento.

The Warriors will travel to Sleep Train Arena to take on the Kings on Wednesday night, and you can count on Warriors’ fans packing Sleep Train, as they have done in years past. Dubs fans have always traveled well, so a little drive up to Sacramento should be no problem.

On the court, this should be a good one. Despite the fact that the Kings are one of the worst teams in the Western Conference with a record of 18-35, they always seem to play the Warriors well, as Blue Man Hoop’s Ben Pickman highlighted. 

The last time these two teams met, the Warriors barely squeaked by the Kings, 115-113 on the road, and it took a last-second block by Andrew Bogut on Isaiah Thomas to conclude matters.

Unfortunately, they may not have Bogut on Wednesday night, as he is still dealing with a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the last four games before the All-Star break. He had a bad reaction to a cortisone shot on Monday, and is listed as day-to-day by the team.

However, his matchup and the best player on the Kings, DeMarcus Cousins, may also not suit up. Cousins had a second MRI on Tuesday after suffering a torn hip flexor, and is doubtful for the game.

But even without their best offensive weapon, the Kings are still dangerous. Thomas, Rudy Gay, Marcus Thornton, and rookie Ben McLemore will highlight their offense, and all of them can light things up in a hurry.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors:

  • Points per game: 103.6 (10th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 45.95 (7th)
  • Three-point percentage: 38.4% (T-2nd)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.6% (4th)
  • Rebounds per game: 46.0 (2nd)
  • Turnovers: 15.8 (29th)
  • Bench scoring per game: 24.1 (29th)

Kings:

  • Points per game: 101.2 (13th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 44.6% (18th)
  • Three-point percentage: 34.3% (T-24th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 46.4% (T-27th)
  • Rebounds per game: 43.7 (12th)
  • Turnovers: 14.3 (T-14th)
  • Bench scoring per game: 33.0 (11th)

History Says…

The Warriors may be the better team right now, but the all-time series is almost dead even at 187-185 in favor of the Warriors. They have not won two games in a single season in Sacramento since 2004-2005.

Injury Report

GSW: Andrew Bogut (left shoulder inflammation) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist inflammation) are to be determined. Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out.

SAC: DeMarcus Cousins (torn hip flexor) is doubtful

Probable Lineups

GOLDEN STATE (31-22) 

  • F Andre Iguodala (9.6 PPG)
  • F Draymond Green (5.0 PPG)
  • C Jermaine O’Neal (6.5 PPG)
  • G Klay Thompson (18.6 PPG)
  • G Stephen Curry (24.6 PPG)

SACRAMENTO (18-35)

  • F Rudy Gay (19.8 PPG)
  • F Derrick Williams (8.8 PPG)
  • C Jason  Thompson (7.6 PPG)
  • G Marcus Thornton (8.3 PPG)
  • G Isaiah Thomas (20.3 PPG)

Game Info

Tip-off: 7:00 PST

Location: Sleep Train Arena

TV : LOCAL

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